Left Knee Injuries
Just this week as I was reading the local newspaper, an article caught my attention. It had to do with a local high school girl’s basketball team and their high rate of knee injuries. It went on to state possible reasons why this was occurring and the outcomes. For example, if the injury was a torn ACL, it meant their season was over and a long and agonizing recovery would be needed. It ultimately stated that for these basketball players it not a matter of if their going to hurt their knees but when. It’s was also interesting to note that of all the photos that were taken from this players, guess which knee was injured? If you guessed the LEFT knee you would be correct!
Now, I do think the reasons they stated as to why these players were prone to injury were valid, but why only the LEFT? The article did not explore this angle at all. Yet, I have found a solid reason for this occurrence. And, I also know that if the underlying cause is not addressed it will occur again and again. Unfortunate that would means the possibility of never playing sports for this young athletes.
The reality is that, a knee injury does not have to mean the end to playing sports. However, if any basketball player what to prolong his game time, they need to learn of the underlying problem that is cause these knee injuries…
And it not only girl basketball players, it all players in all sports! Yet, the masses do not even know why or what is really at the root of these knee injuries particular the LEFT knee. The next time you are watching sports, notice how many of the player have their left knee supported, braced or bandaged up. Or even, how many have already undergone a knee surgery.
What’s the cause?
The answer is easy. About 95% of all athletes suffer from a structural core distortion which cause a muscle strain pattern. In part, this muscle stain pattern involved the left knee, thus the inherited weakness and propensity for injury. This is my answer in a nutshell as to why LEFT knee injuries are more common on the Left side verse the Right.
Do you have this strain pattern?
Let me give you a test to try at home to help you determine if you are suffering from this core distortion that can leads to left knee injuries. To preform this test you will need to help of someone. But the test in very straightforward, lie on a table or floor face up. First, raise your right leg up fully extended to about 30-45 degrees. Now ask your helper to stand on your right side and place one hand on your lower leg. Have them slowing press down on your right leg and see if you can resist their downward pressure. (It’s not a matter of using alot of force on your helpers part. Either you can resist or you can’t.) Your right leg usually does not have a muscle strain pattern affecting the anterior side of the leg, so you should easily be able to resist the pressure being applied to that leg. Now repeat this test on your left leg… Do you have the same strength or resistances you found in your right leg? If so, you don’t suffer from a core distortion. Yet, if you have little to no power or are not able to resist the down pressure, then you suffer from the core distortion! If you are an athlete, or are serious about playing sports you need to get out of the core to prevent injuries.
How to get out of the core?
There is only one way I now how to get you out of core. And it does not include surgery, PT, Chiro, DRX machine, acupuncture, personal training, weight lifting, exercising or massage. All these therapies do have their place and have benefit but they do nothing to get you out of the core distortion. The only therapy I know that can help is called Structural Energetic Therapy. This is a therapy I have been using in my practice since 2005. It’s excellent in helping prevent left knee surgeries and injuries as well rehabbing a knees from after surgery. Structural Energetic Therapy is a must for post-surgery in order to avoid re-occurrence.
If you know someone that’s in any sports, they need to know about Structural Energetic Therapy and they need to get into a 10 session program, followed up with a maintenance program. Not only will they prevent knee injuries but preform with more coordination, strength and speed.
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